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Arkansas Passes Weakened 24-Hour Waiting Period Law

Arkansas became the twentieth state to pass the 24-hour waiting period law that requires a woman to wait a period of time and receive information about abortion before she can receive abortion services. Arkansas’ version of the bill does not enforce the full 24-hour waiting period, but does require that a woman receive information “the day before” she actually has an abortion. Arkansas Senate Democrat Percy Malone worked to weaken the anti-choice bill with an amendment to the legislation that removed provisions that would have made it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion without meeting the information standards. Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee promised to sign the bill into law.

Sources:

Kaiser Family Foundation Ð February 15, 2001; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Ð February 15, 2001

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